Covid-19 vaccines are not responsible for “one billion deaths” worldwide since they were rolled out to combat the coronavirus, contrary to false claims widely shared on social media. Global population data shows there were around 200 million deaths globally from the onset of the pandemic until the end of 2022 with experts projecting around 60 million deaths from all causes in 2023. Publicly available health information shows that only a miniscule percentage of deaths among people who had been vaccinated against Covid-19 could be attributed to the jabs.
“[One] billion people around the world are now dead (poisoned) since the rollout of the covid jab,” reads the opening line of a Facebook post shared more than 8,000 times since it was posted here on October 27, 2023.
The post continues: “For the love of God, please do not get vaccinated I told them, even if it means you get sacked from your job, find a way to survive as it will only be for a short period of time.”
Global data on deaths do not support the claim that a billion people had died from the jabs.
Deaths from ‘all causes’
According to Our World In Data (OWID), a global population database collated by Oxford University-based researchers, approximately 200 million people died globally between 2020 and 2022 (archived here).
He added: “For the three years (2020-2022), the total number of deaths from all causes of deaths adds up to about 200 million.”
“In terms of impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on projections, the expectation has been to be limited to the recent period with an overall fast recovery and return to the long-term levels and trends,” he said.
OWID projects global deaths to decrease from around 67 million in 2022 to 60 million in 2023.
Although serious side effects from Covid-19 vaccines are possible, these are “extremely rare” according to the WHO.
Safety data gathered from global inoculation campaigns show an extremely small number of deaths among the vaccinated can be attributed to the jabs.
In Australia, for example, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has identified 14 deaths that were likely linked to the shots out of almost 69 million doses administered as of November 2, 2023 (archived here).
Medical professionals have consistently said the benefits of receiving Covid-19 jabs outweigh the risks of adverse reactions.
AFP has repeatedly fact-checked vaccine-related misinformation here.